E-book revenue is falling, and some people in the publishing industry say it is partly because of the higher prices that have resulted from new contracts negotiated with Amazon. Consumers appear resistant to e-books costing more than $10.
Bertelsmann announced on Tuesday that its Germany publishing subsidiary, Verlagsgruppe Random House, will allow its distributors to start using digital watermarks, or "soft" DRM, on 1 October. Do you here that?
It was in August of 2014 when the World Wide Web Consortium, the standards body for the World Wide Web, held its first Digital Publishing Interest Group. Prior to that point, the W3C had been holding investigative meetings, trying to determine whether or not it was in the web's interest to pursue the publishing industry as a potential partner and implementer of web technology. The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) had recently revised its EPUB ebook standard, incorporating the newly-developed HTML5 functionality. It was becoming clear to W3C that unless there was some cooperation with web standards, the book publishing industry was in danger of creating less stable, proprietary standards that would ultimately be very costly for the industry to maintain, and would confuse web developers who were coming from non-book-publishing backgrounds.
In the UK, Amazon has published a list of its bestselling e-books of the year. That’s not really news—but just how much and in what ways it differs from a similar list of bestselling paper books compiled by Waterstones is.
If you're a Kindle owner in Ireland or the UK then I have some good news for you. Amazon announced on Monday that in the coming weeks, Goodreads will be available on Fire tablets and on Kindle ereaders.
The Wall Street Journal has noticed that one of the classic laws of economics, namely the inverse relationship between price and demand, has been playing out in the US ebook market over the past six months.
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